Three Steps to Get Back into Exercise After an Injury

Exercise After an Injury

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Exercise After an Injury: How To Make It Happen

 

No matter if you have got shin splints from a lot of running or recovering from a sprain or a broken bone, you will have had some time out from your normal physical and exercise routine. If you’re starting to feel better, then you are likely to want to get moving again as quickly as possible. You might feel ready to go full force, but that might not always be the best course of action, especially after an injury. If you want to make sure that you recover well and come back in the right way, then here are some of the best ways to do just that.

 

Exercise After an Injury

 

 

Get the go-ahead from your doctor

 

You might think that you’re ready to go, but are you really? Before you get back into it, it is best to get the go-ahead from your doctor or physical therapist, whoever you have been working with, to say that you are ready to go. Even if you know they will say yes, it is best to get it checked out and approved. Your doctor or a physical therapist may have even given you some specific workouts or moves that you could do. Looking after the injured area is important, but be careful to not overextend. If you push yourself too soon then it could make your injury worse. Consequently, you could find that you have to take more time out of exercising in the long term.

 

Get support

 

There are two kinds of support that you will need when getting back into exercising. One of which is emotional support, such as from a coach, a friend, or your old gym buddy. Having someone there to exercise with, with whom you can cheer each other on, can be just what you need when getting back into it. You are also likely to need physical support too. These could be wrap supports and bandage supports, much like the ones sold at ScripHessco, that will help to support the previous injury area, as you get started again with exercise. When you’re supported, in two ways rather than one, you will be able to get back into exercise much more easily.

 

Prepare yourself mentally

 

When you have the all-clear that you’re ready to get going again, then it can feel a little overwhelming. You might be anxious to start using your limb again after a break. You may also be worried that you’ll cause the same problem to happen again. There will be lessons to learn from your last injury. However, part of moving forward will be to move forward feeling positive and prepared mentally. Remember all the things you enjoyed before and how good it will feel to do it all again. When you face this setback with positivity, you will be able to recover well and any potential nerves around training again can be put at ease when you’re prepared mentally. 

 

The key is to make sure that your body is prepared, both physically and mentally. Then your recovery will be much more straightforward and the chance of injury again will be reduced. 

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Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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22 thoughts on “Three Steps to Get Back into Exercise After an Injury”

  1. These are great tips. It’s so hard to get back into working out after an injury. You could hurt yourself even more if you don’t know what to do or how.

  2. I heard it that when you temporarily stop your exercise routine, the less likely you will get back in your exercise regimen again. So, it is better to have an exercise buddy to motivate and assist you to be active again.

  3. I can totally relate to this! It is important to take it slow. It’s easy to want to go back to exactly what you were doing before an injury put you out, but not so quick! Make sure to keep things low intensity and see a physical therapist!

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.